Ralph "Bubby" Chase moving on to higher ground after flood buyout

By Joe Moskowitz
Arkville resident Ralph Chase is about to lose his home, and he couldn’t be happier about it.
Chase, known very affectionately as “Bubby,” is a local landmark in motion. It doesn’t matter what the weather, he can be seen walking, riding his adult tricycle, or driving part of his small fleet of John Deere garden tractors in and around and between Arkville and Margaretville. At 88 years old, and has no intention of slowing down.

Father-Son team tops in Connecticut tennis tournament

A father and son team with Arkville roots won the Connecticut Tennis Open Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, CT last week.
Nicholas Steiglehner, 10, and his father Tom with their trophyNicholas Steiglehner, 10, and his father Tom with their trophy

Arkville will always be home for Lynn Johnson

By Joe Moskowitz
The hamlet of Arkville, in fact the entire Central Catskills Region, would be a very different place were it not for Lynn Johnson. Lynn retired in 1997 from Arkville-based Titan Drilling, the business he helped start, but along the  way, he left a much larger footprint.

Arkville Head Start now accepting Shandaken children

By Jay Braman Jr.
After the Shandaken area was left without its Head Start program last year, the organizers of the Head Start in Arkville decided they had to help out.
So this year, the Arkville-based preschool program will accept children from Shandaken even though the town is located across county borders in Ulster County.
According to John Eberhardt, executive director of Delaware Opportunities Incorporated, the non-profit agency that administers the Head Start program in Delaware County, there are still openings.

Vendors sought for Arkville Fair Day

Arkville – The Arkville Fire Department is currently organizing the second annual Arkville Fair Day and Parade. Vendors are being sought to sell goods and services during the event.
The Fair will be Saturday, July 12 from 10 am until 3pm at the Arkville Fire Hall on Rt. 28 in Arkville. A parade will be held through the hamlet beginning at 11 am. There will also be a band and activities for kids throughout the day.

Arkville VFD has 75 calls last year, elects 2014 officers

The Arkville Fire Department responded to 75 calls last year, according to the organization’s Annual Report for 2013.
Volunteers responded to 27 medical emergencies last year, the most common call for the department. AFD members were summoned nine times for calls involving hazardous conditions and also answered nine automatic alarms.
The AFD answered eight calls for motor vehicle accidents and had six mutual-aid-to-the-scene responses. Department members had four public service calls, responded to three structure fires and provided mutual aid standby on three occasions.

Sean Gauntt named Presidential Scholar

Sean M. Gauntt of Arkville, a freshman majoring in engineering studies, was named a Presidential Scholar for the fall 2013 semester at Clarkson University.
Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.
Sean was the valedictorian of the Margaretville Central School Class of 2013 and is the son of Jim and Renee Gauntt, also of Arkville.

Arkville Parade seeks participants

The Arkville Fire Department is currently organizing the second annual Arkville Fair Day and Parade.
The fair will be Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the grounds around the Arkville Firehall on Route 28. The parade will begin at 11 a.m.
Organizers are seeking floats, antique cars and tractors to participate in the parade. All local fire departments are also invited to take part. This is a fun parade with no judging of any of the entries.
If you are interested in being in the parade, please contact Jessica Olenych at 845 586-1600 or at

Arkville Country Market OK'd for beer sales

By Joe Moskowitz
The day Jay Renner has been waiting for and fighting for has finally arrived. The owner of the Arkville Country Market is proud to possess a brand new license from the State of New York that will allow him to sell beer to go. But it wasn’t easy.
As with any convenience store, beer is an important product. Beer sales alone make money and beer draws people into the store, which may prompt them to buy other items.
Previous owners of the store sold beer, but liquor licenses of all kinds aren’t transferable, and that’s where the nightmare began.

Buy some gas and get your car fixed: Beers is in business in Arkville

By Joe Moskowitz
The Hamlet of Arkville now has something that used to be commonplace, but now is a rarity in America. You can buy gas and get your car fixed in the same place.
On Monday, Jim Beers opened Beers’ Auto in the building attached to the Arkville Country Store on Route 28.
Beers had been in business in Fleischmanns for about four years, but completed the move to Arkville this week.

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